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Ken Gagne of Gamebits

Polygamer is a biweekly audio podcast that encourages and celebrates equality and diversity in gaming by interviewing voices pushing for change. By speaking with traditionally marginalized voices, Polygamer provides a platform to discuss problems and seek perspective on matters of sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, and more, within our industry, our community, and our games. Polygamer publishes on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and TuneIn the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

This podcast was inspired by a PAX East 2014 panel, "Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming", featuring Ken Gagne, Susan Arendt, Brianna Wu, Tifa Robles, and Duane de Four. That panel was in turn inspired by Anita Sarkeesian's Kickstarter for Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.

About the Host

Ken Gagne is Polygamer's straight, white, cisgendered, male host. Over the course of these interviews, he hopes to diminish his ignorance of other people's experiences and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a gamer in the 21st century.

Ken has been a gamer since the Atari 2600 and Apple II. He was the community manager (sysop) of the Video Gaming Central Forum on CompuServe (1994–2004) and of the Gamebits forum on Syndicomm Online (2001–2006). He has been a member of the press since 1997 as a reporter, editor, and freelancer, having been published in such outlets as Computerworld, PCWorld, ITworld, and TechHive. He has spoken at conferences in Boston, Denver, and Kansas City on such subjects as podcasting, retrocomputing, crowdfunding, and WordPress.

Ken brings years of podcasting experience to Polygamer, having been the producer of the Computerworld Editor's Note, founder and host of MS Challenge Talk, and founder and co-host of Open Apple. He is also currently the host of IndieSider and publisher of The Pubcast, and a recurring guest of the Retro Computing Roundtable.

Credits

Interviews are recorded with a Logitech USB H530 headset, Skype, and Audio Hijack Pro; edited with Audacity, Levelator, and iTunes; published with WordPress and Blubrry; and hosted with DreamHost.

This site was designed by Moira Racich based on the Blox theme. Racich further adapted the logo by whiteseobox into the MP3's album artwork.

The website's content is created and maintained using such software as BBEdit, MarsEdit, GraphicConverter, Transmit, and Chrome.

My thanks to Andy Molloy, Lorien Green, Aleen Simms, Nicole Tompkins-Hughes, T.J. Awrey, Michele DeFilippo, and Lon Seidman for their support.

Disclaimers

Ken Gagne is active on Kickstarter and Patreon; his profiles and the projects and artists I've backed are public. Any potential conflicts of interest will be cited in the associated blog post and/or podcast.

Polygamer is an independent publication that is not affiliated with Polygamer.com, Less Than or Equal, Juiced.GS, Open Apple, the Retro Computing Roundtable, the Polygamerous podcast, my employers, or any other organization. The views and opinions expressed on this show are solely those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect those of their colleagues or employers.


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Oct 17, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Stacy and Mari collectively form Geek Remix , a popular YouTube channel in which the two women Let's Play and analyze mainstream and indie video games. They don't stray from terrible or problematic games, acknowledging the challenging aspects of gaming and using them as an opportunity to engage in dialogue about how to make them better. Their channel is designed as a safe space, offering both entertainment and social justice. In this podcast, Ken chats with Mari and Stacy about how they...
Topics: David Cage, Detroit Become Human, Firewatch, Geek Remix, Geekremix, imposter syndrome, Mari, Stacy,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/10/17/pg82-geekremix/
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Oct 11, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Susan Arendt is the editor-in-chief of Genii Online , a website that covers magic and deception for magicians and anyone interested in the art and craft of magic. While Genii has existed as a print magazine since 1936, Genii Online's September 2017 launch marked the publication's online debut. It also marked a shift for Susan: after many successful years helming gaming publications such as GamesRadar+ , Joystiq , and The Escapist , Susan is bringing her digital media experience and expertise to...
Topics: cardistry, Continue, deception, Genii, Genii Online, Magic, magicians, podcast, Susan Arendt, Take...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/10/11/pg71-susan-arendt/
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Apr 12, 2017 Ken Gagne
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This week's Polygamer podcast is the audio from the PAX East panel " +1 to Journalism: Becoming a Better Writer ", held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, 4:00–5:00 PM in Bobcat Theatre. What do you need to know to make it as a games journalist? What pitches do editors love to get, and what tropes have been done to death? Whether you’re helping consumers make informed purchasing decisions, unearthing the history of a franchise, or critiquing video games as art, you have to convey a lot of...
Topics: +1 to Journalism, Alexander Sliwinski, editing, editors, Jonathan Holmes, journalism, PAX, PAX...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/04/12/pg63-paxjourno2017/
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Nov 9, 2016 Ken Gagne
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SeriouslyClara is a Twitch content creator who focuses on indie games. After being "tricked" into streaming by a friend, she came to love the community and the support they offered her in response to her honesty and authenticity. She now streams to her channel's 22,000 subscribers several times a week, where she plays indie titles and promotes mental health awareness and body positivity. She recently spoke on the PAX West 2016 panel " So You Think Twitch Isn't For You? Guess...
Topic: childfree, Clara, indie, introvert, livestream, Owlboy, Sandbox Strategies, SeriouslyClara, stream,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/11/09/pg55-seriouslyclara/
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Oct 12, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Ian Danskin is a freelance animator, writer, video editor, and visual essayist. His YouTube channel, Innuendo Studios , hosts a dozen videos analyzing aspects of gaming culture and media, including how fame manifests itself in the gaming industry, using Phil Fish of Fez as a case study; the evolution and manifestations of Sonic the Hedgehog; and how GamerGate exploited angry gamers to launch a harassment campaign. In this interview, Ian and I nearly come to blows over who made the better...
Topics: Adobe Premiere Pro, Angry Jack, Donald Trump, FCP7, FCPX, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/10/12/pg53-ian-danskin/
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Jun 8, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Every year, PAX East , the biggest video game convention on the East Coast, hosts a panel about breaking into games journalism. Editors from multiple outlets have advised aspiring writers how to pitch a feature story or self-publish — but rarely have they said what happens next. Once you've established a reputation as a talented and reliable writer, what's it like to actually make a career of games journalism? To explore this question, I assembled and moderated the PAX East 2016 panel "...
Topics: Alexa Ray Corriea, Bobcat, Destructoid, Gameranx, GameSpot, GamesRadar, Holly Green, journalism,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/06/08/pg45-paxjourno/
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Dec 9, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Take This is a non-profit charity that promotes awareness and education of mental health issues through outreach to gamers. Its "AFK Rooms" have become a staple of PAX East, West, South, and Australia, and its holiday stream gives gamers a community to help them through a challenging time of year. Soon, the organization will offer a scholarship to help those gamers who need financial assistance toward mental health counseling. It's been a year since Take This co-founders Susan Arendt...
Topics: AFK Room, anxiety, charity, depression, documentary, fundraiser, Life Is Strange, Mark Kline,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/12/09/pg35-susan-arendt/
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Nov 25, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Taylor Davis is a renowned violinist whose video game, movie, and anime covers have earned her a loyal following. On YouTube, where she has over a million subscribers, her music videos employ stunning backdrops and intricate costumes inspired by the pop culture from which she draws her many tunes. Taylor has released six albums, including a Christmas album and, most recently, a self-titled album of original music. Her music can also be heard in rock band Critical Hit's first album, as well as...
Topics: album, Critical Hit, licensing, monetization, music, musician, Patreon, soundtrack, Taylor Davis,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/11/25/pg34-taylor-davis/
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May 27, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Gaming In Color is a feature documentary exploring the queer side of gaming. After being Kickstarted in 2013 and enjoying a limited release in 2014, the film had its official debut on May 19, 2015. Featuring interviews with GaymerX organizers and attendees and discussing topics such as representation in video games, Gaming In Color serves as a 62-minute primer on the intersection of sexuality and gaming. In this interview, Gaming In Color director Philip Jones discusses how they took over the...
Topics: Amazon, director, documentary, film, Gaming In Color, GaymerX, LGBT, MidBoss, movie, Netflix,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/05/27/pg22-philip-jones/
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Sabriel Mastin is a prolific game reviewer and YouTube personality, having produced content for such sites as Indie Haven and Indie Gamer Chick. She has attended both PAX East and PAX South and is a regular guest at events in the Minneapolis area, only a short drive from her native Fargo. And, if all that weren't enough, Sabriel is also a former roller-derby athlete, having torn up the local circuit with her unique brand of hell on wheels. In this episode, Sabriel and Ken talk about how to...
Topics: CSS, Fargo, games writing, hashtag, HTML, indie, indie game, Indie Gamer Chick, indie games, Indie...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/05/13/pg21-sabriel-mastin/
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Dec 26, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Sarah Wilson, aka PushingUpRoses, is an accomplished video producer, Let's Player, and writer. After pursuing a degree in creative writing and then apprenticing as a body piercer, she found her niche as a multimedia artist. On YouTube, Twitter, and Patreon, she has built a following devoted to her reviews and retrospectives of classic PC games. In this interview by Polygamer alumna Khadeja Merenkov , Roses discusses putting herself in her videos rather than play a character, how she balances...
Topics: body modification, Let's Play, Let's Player, LP, PushingUpRoses, PushinUpRoses, Sarah Wilson,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/11/26/pg10-pushinguproses/
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Oct 8, 2014 Ken Gagne
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Take This is a non-profit charity founded in 2012 in response to the tragic suicide of a gaming journalist. The organization promotes awareness and education of mental health issues through outreach to gamers both online, through a variety of Twitter campaigns and initiatives, and offline, by hosting "AFK Rooms" at events such as PAX. In this interview, Ken Gagne speaks with Take This co-founders Susan Arendt and Russ Pitts about the organization's founding, the social stigma of...
Topics: AFK Room, charity, depression, Mark Kline, mental health, non-profit, PAX, PAX East, Russ Pitts,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/10/08/pg07-take-this/
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Sep 24, 2014 Ken Gagne
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At PAX East 2014, I moderated a panel titled " Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming " in which three women and two men discussed the problems and solutions facing the industry. Four months later at PAX Prime, those same three women reunited for another panel: "The F Word", that being "feminism". In this panel, they share their experiences in the industry, giving us some perspective on problems that may not be obvious to those who have not...
Topics: Alexa Ray Corriea, Andrea Rene, Brianna Wu, BrokenCRT, F Word, feminism, panel, PAX, PAX Prime,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2014/09/24/pg06-f-word-pax-prime/